Qatar's grand mediator ambitions in Sahel
After intervening in Sudan, Afghanistan and, most recently, Chad, Doha is now looking to mediate in the Sahel, where jihadist groups are increasingly active and insecurity is spreading fast.
The best-connected intermediary in the Sahel, Mustapha Chafi, has been asked by Qatar to try to get the Chadian "pre-dialogue" process back on the rails, as it drags on without result to the despair of the authorities.
Both capitals want to be the main mediator in the negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme and are now competing directly for the role. Both have called in their respective spy chiefs to work behind the scenes to cultivate their special relationships with the West and Iran.